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Peninsula loses lead against AIA

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Because they are at the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational, the Oilers are playing shorter games than normal. Unfortunately for Peninsula, though, the games last longer than three innings.

The Oilers took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning Tuesday at the Wood Bat Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, before falling apart and eventually losing 8-3 in seven innings to Athletes in Action-Alaska.

The loss put the Oilers at 2-3 in the Wood Bat Invitational. The Oilers play the Mat-Su Miners today at 11 a.m. in a game that can be heard on 1140 AM KSLD. Peninsula needs to win the game to keep alive any hope of finishing in the top three of the tournament and making it to Thursday's semifinals and championship.

Through the first three innings Tuesday, things were going just grandly for the Oilers.

In the first inning, Chris Graziano led off with a single, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Paul Janish. In the third inning, Garrett Schoenberger scored on an error for 2-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Oilers starter Tim Gorski cruised through the first three innings, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out five.

But in the fourth, the wheels came off. Gorski never made it out of the inning as AIA struck for six runs on five hits, two errors and two wild pitches.

The Oilers got one run back in the fifth, when Graziano scored on a single by Janish again, but that would be as close as AIA starter and winner Eric Brauer would let them get.

Tuesday

ATHLETES IN ACTION-ALASKA 8, OILERS 3

Oilers AB R H BI AIA AB R H BI

Graziano lf 3 2 1 0 Rodland 2b 4 1 1 0

Wahlbrink cf 3 0 1 0 Wydner ss 4 2 2 0

Zobeck cf 1 0 0 0 Burt 1b 1 2 0 0

Schutznhfr 1b 4 0 1 1 Petru 3b 3 0 0 0

Janish ss 2 0 2 2 Bechtold rf 3 1 1 2

Brown dh 1 0 0 0 Strain dh 3 1 1 2

Cox 3b 3 0 0 0 Marks c 3 0 0 0

Kolkhorst rf 1 0 1 0 Deevers cf 3 1 2 1

Schau rf 2 0 0 0 Campbell lf 2 0 1 2

Beale 2b 3 0 1 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Schoenbrgr 2 1 1 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 25 3 8 3 Totals 26 8 8 7

Peninsula 101 010 0 --3

AIA 000 620 0 --8

E -- Burt, Campbell, Graziano, Schutzenhofer. DP -- AIA 1. LOB -- Peninsula 6, AIA 3. 2B -- Bechtold, Schoenberger, Kolkhorst. SB -- Graziano. SA -- Graziano.

IP H R ER BB SO

Athletes in Action

Brauer, W 7 8 3 1 3 5

Peninsula

Gorski, L 3 2-3 5 6 1 1 6

Serrato 1 1-3 2 2 2 0 0

Perkins 1 1 0 0 1 0

HBP -- by Brauer (Schoenberger), by Serrato (Burt). WP -- Gorski 2. T -- 3:00. A -- 250.



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